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Winter in New England is harsh. I don’t necessarily want to complain, because the majority of us make a conscious choice to live here. We choose the long cold months of darkness and sub freezing temperatures. And as we can assure you this year, we choose to reside in a climate where it snows so much, some of us are running out of places to put it (right, Boston?) And so I won’t complain about this weather, for New England is a beautiful, special place.
But I will admit I get cabin fever.
And I’ll also admit that I get a little green with envy this time of year over my warmer climate friends who seemingly have a race or event to attend every weekend, where their biggest weather concern is if they should wear shorts or tights. Meanwhile we’re over here making jokes about shovel fitness…and then making it a real thing. Thankfully, some of our warmer climate friends have taken
pity us and our lack of winter fun into consideration, and offer the option to register for races remotely. Like our pals from Represent Running in sunny California.
Represent Running is a series of fun-focused and locally themed running events. It’s about local (Bay Area) people, really loving where they live and what they do. It’s about being proud of your town and proud of the unique culture within it. On March 1, Represent Running will be hosting the 4th Annual San Jose 408K Race to the Row, and they have a “remote runner” option for registration for the rest of us who want to join in, but can’t make it to the actual race.
Or simply do not know the way to San Jose. (Kidding, kidding, I couldn’t resist!)
About the 408K:
- No, it’s not 408K (I know some of you are disappointed, but most of you relieved). It’s an 8k in the 408 area code benefiting the Pat Tillman Foundation’s Military Scholars Program
- Locally known for “The Mariachi Mile” — a Mariachi band lined stretch of course
- A winning recipe: run local, connect with local charities, and listen to the people
- At the 2014 race, World War II veteran’s touching video goes viral.
Here is how it works:
- Register as a “remote runner.” (use discount code RunTheBay-PR for 10% off registration.)
- Run the 8K (4.97 mi.) on race day — or close to it.
- Receive the medal (also a bottle opener) and Official Race Tech Shirt designed by Cukui Apparel (local to the Bay Area) in the mail. Gear will be sent out the Monday following the race.
A mariachi shark. Does it get better than that?
I haven’t been a big participant in virtual runs over the years, but right now in the midst of the winter blues, I’m absolutely understanding the excitement of being able to join in on the fun…even if it is on my own time. Represent Running has been awesome enough to not only invite me to run the 4th Annual San Jose 408K remotely (what a kickass birthday present!), but have offered to giveaway a “remote runner” registration to one of my readers!
Remember, you do NOT have to be in California to run…you can live anywhere to be a remote runner!
Please use the rafflecopter below to enter. Winner will be notified on 2/18! Good luck!
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